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Wood-Grain Wrapping Paper

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Beautifully grained woods are nature's masterpieces, but, as style editor Tom Tamborello demonstrates, it is possible to re-create their sinuous patterns and harmonious colors on paper, using a wood-graining tool and latex paint. The decorated paper is perfect for wrapping gifts, and because you control the "grain" and color of every piece you create, each sheet of wrapping paper is unique. 
Materials
  • Glossy, nonporous paper
  • Low-tack tape
  • Latex paint
  • Glazing medium, for latex paint
  • Mixing bowl or bucket, for latex paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood-graining tools
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Leaf Print Tablecloth

Steps:5
Using leaves for craft projects is one way to capture the beauty of autumn. Fallen leaves can be used as stamps to decorate a tablecloth.
Materials
  • Sponge brushes
  • Leaves of various sizes and shapes (make sure they are not brittle)
  • Fabric paint
  • Light-colored cotton or linen tablecloth, prewashed
  • Paper towel, parchment paper, or kraft paper
  • Brayer or rolling pin
  • Iron
  • Muslin or scrap fabric (optional)
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Winter Village: Tree Ornament How-To

Steps:5
A miniature village of house ornaments populates the Christmas tree or the mantelshelf with equal charm. Candles on the mantel or strings of lights on the tree are the best sources for the subdued illumination that sets the houses aglow with delicate reflections. For more ideas, see our Winter Village.
Materials
  • Pliers
  • Pencil
  • Pin
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Annealed wire
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Dog Dining Station

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Wood
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Stenciled Stool Tops

Steps:10
Materials
  • Sandpaper, optional
  • Acrylic artist paints
  • Computer and printer
  • Waterproof paper
  • Elephant template
  • Giraffe template
  • Monkey template
  • Zebra template
  • Vine leaves template
  • Stool (the ones used on the show have a 13 3/4-inch diameter)
  • Stencil adhesive spray (or standard spray adhesive)
  • Stencil brush
  • Scrap paper (or towel)
  • Pouncer
  • Monogram stencil, optional
  • Clear acrylic protective finish (spray or brush)
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Decorative Painting on Wicker

Steps:3
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Napkin Holder

Steps:8
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Antiquing a Chair

Steps:9
Materials
  • For antiquing a chair: Primer
  • Kraft paper
  • Tape
  • Sanding sponge
  • Natural-bristle brush
  • 2 colors of paint
  • Nylon-polyester brush
  • Steel wool
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Paper towel or polishing cloth
  • Tinted Wax (instructions follow)
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • For the tinted wax:Butcher's wax
  • Small container
  • Artist's oil paint
  • Rotten Stone
  • Mineral spirits
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Flip-flops with Lauren

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Faberge Egg Ornaments

Steps:7
One Faberge egg is beautiful, but a collection of the valuable, meticulously crafted pieces is even more striking. Try making your own version to use as ornaments. These eggs are made from cardboard egg boxes and ornate beads and trimmings instead of precious metals and stones.
Materials
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Spray lacquer
  • Leafing supplies (instructions follow)
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Various trims and cords
  • Tweezers
  • Various rhinestones, gems, and beads
  • Large needle
  • Thin cord for hanging
  • Small scissors
  • Brush
  • Gilder's tip
  • Gold and silver leaf
  • Petroleum jelly, optional
  • Cotton balls
  • Lacquer
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